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NOVEMBER 2007 NOTICE: THIS GALLERY GETS A LOT OF VIEWS (RELATIVELY) WHICH IS KIND OF INTERESTING. CURIOUS IF IT IS LINKED AT SOME WEBSITE. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU FOUND IT PLEASE. THANKS!



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These are a couple of galleries for showing some simple and MAJOR improvements to one-pipe steam heating systems.

Help was obtained from http://www.heatinghelp.com/

The folks on the forum, and Dan who runs the website, REALLY know their steam systems (Steamhead and Mad Dog are GREAT!). The engineers and contractors who installed the steam and hot water systems back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries never were 'replaced' (collectively known as Dead Men now), but their legacy lives on here. It truly is a Lost Art being rediscovered. Do you think that heat pump is going to be around 100 years from now???


UPDATE Dec. 2005: Gorton main vents came in and a #2 has been installed in the rental house - WHAT a difference refiring the system from a dead cold. Now to replace a few of the radiator vents that were bad...

UPDATE Jan. 2006: Gorton main vents have been installed on the primary house system. The anticipator was also set higher to make a longer burn cycle. Short cycling was happening with the previous setting (.4); however, when it was bumped to .5, and I blew some dust out of the thermostat, the cycle was longer but still on the order of 2 to 3 minutes on and 4 to 5 off. It's now on .7 and we're testing out the 'comfort factor' of temp changes while trying to hit the sweet spot of 3 or 4 cycles per hour. One rad vent is not closing and next up is balancing the system and fitting new vents all around.

UPDATE#2 Jan 2006: Gorton radiator vents are all on and system is doing great, although we have had mild weather so it hasn't run 'hard' yet. Lower range pressure gauge (0 to 5 psi) was installed but since the system hasn't really run hard yet, it only wiggles some. Anticipator is now set around 1.0 and it's hitting about 4 to 5ish cycles per hour (haven't timed it yet) with call for heat. Colder weather is coming so we'll see about tweaking some more.
Primary one-pipe steam system
:: Primary one-pipe steam system ::
Uncle's rental one-pipe steam system
:: Uncle's rental one-pipe steam system ::
new Gorton main vents have arrived!!!
new Gorton main vents have arrived!!!
Gorton #2 main vent - pretty big sucker; I mean venter!
Gorton #2 main vent - pretty big sucker; I mean venter!
Gorton #1 main vent
Gorton #1 main vent